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Gods & Generals

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An album by Bob Dylan, John Frizell, Mary Fahl, and Randy Edelman

This prequel to director Ronald Maxwell's 1993 epicGettysburgis no less sweeping in its scope, covering the early years of the American Civil War from Manassas to Fredericksburg. But while its musical score (a collaboration between vetsJohn FrizzellandRandy … see full wiki

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An Epic Score That Deserves An Oscar

  • Mar 16, 2003
Music scores these days seem to be getting worse, and it shows. When a score that is simply above average gets nominated for an Academy Award (In this case John William's score for Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can") then you know you are in trouble. One of the problem's lie not with the fact that composer's are getting less creative by the year, but it mainly has to do with the fact the background music tends to feel like the only reason it's there is to give the viewer something to listen to when there are no songs to be played (A good example is "Daredevil").

But none of these issue's are a problem with the score for "Gods and Generals," an epic, moving, and down right Oscar worthy score! Despite being married to an above average politically correct movie, Randy Edelman and John Frizzell have delivered one of the best musical score in years! Don't believe me? Then listen to the track "Gods and Generals" (Track 2), and tell me that doesn't leave a lump in the back of your neck. Other highlight's of the score are "Go To Their Graves Like Beds," (Track 7) with it's heart breaking feel to it, or the cheerful "The School of The Soldier," (Track 6) which is one of the many tracks that offer hope in the sadness some of these tracks portray.

And wait till you hear my favorite track, "To The Stone Wall" (Track 10). That track has to be heard to be believed, but that single track sums up all the different feelings people have during war. The hope and the sadness, the laughs and the tears. It catch's them all with such splendor and grace, that I doubt I will ever hear anything like it again. It's that good. There are also two vocal songs from Mary Fahl and Bob Dylan, and both are welcome additions to this CD. Although I must stress that Mary Fahl's song is MUCH more memorable then Bob Dylan's is! I'm sorry to everyone who may be a Bob Dylan fan, but 95% of the time he sings I can't figure out what he's saying.

The most surprising thing that comes with this CD is the free DVD. The free DVD comes with the music videos to the songs, lots (And I do mean LOTS) of deleted scenes that weren't used in the movie, and the theatrical trailer (Which I must stress advertised a COMPLEATLY different movie then that I saw). These are nice, but I question why they included this when most of this stuff is going to be on the DVD of the movie. Maybe there won't be any special features on the DVD? I mean that would make sense since the movie is so long. I don't really know why this DVD was included, but it was nice.

The score for "Gods and Generals" is one of the best scores I've heard, and it will probably be one of the last truly great one's I hear in a long time. Should it get nominated for an Oscar? Heck yeah! Will it get nominated for an Oscar? Most likely not. The movie "Gods and Generals" came out way too early this year, and the movie has only been able to pull in minimal praise and ticket sales, meaning that most likely this movie will have been forgotten by the time the next Oscar show comes along. Still, despite the fact that this score won't win the award it deserves to win, it's still one of the greatest musical scores I've heard in my life, and you should check it out even if you haven't seen the movie.

Trust me on this, the movie left a somewhat sour taste in my mouth, but I consider the music for the movie priceless. Take chance on this one, you'll thank me later.

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Gods & Generals
Label: Sony
Release Date: February 4, 2003

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